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American Express Launches the Inaugural American Express Global Women's ConferenceNew Effort to Increase Professional Development Opportunities for Women at American Express
NEW YORK,  September 14, 2010 -- 

American Express announced the launch of the first-ever American Express Global Women’s Conference happening Sep. 14 and Sep. 15 in New York City. More than 150 female American Express executives from around the company’s global network will gather for a two-day conference designed to better understand the female consumer, create greater networking opportunities among the leadership team, and unveil new research related to gender intelligence and the importance of sponsorship. The conference is part of the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives to ensure American Express remains an employer of choice, attract the best talent, retain top leaders and their experience, and better understand the diverse American Express customer in order to drive business success.

“For American Express to succeed, we need to maximize our talent, draw from diverse experiences and views, and connect with all our customer groups,” said Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Express. “The Women’s Conference reinforces our commitment to creating a gender balanced organization and is one initiative that will help us make progress in each of these areas. This will benefit not only women, but everyone at American Express.”

The conference will feature topics including:

  • Gender Intelligence will combine the scientific study of how male and female brains differ with inclusive leadership behaviors. This opening key note will feature noted authors Barbara Annis, Ph.D., and John Gray, Ph.D.
  • The Sponsor Effect will introduce the concept of sponsorship - a critical relationship that impacts one's career - backed by empirical research conducted by the Center for Work Life Policy and supported by American Express that is often a determining factor for the advancement and retention of diverse talent.
  • The Millenial Woman will feature a panel of American Express employees from generation Y (Millenials) who describe their point of view on sponsorship, engagement, professional desires and the Millenial Female Consumer.

Currently, the company leads the industry with women representing 65 percent of its workforce and one-third of its top executives. American Express is committed to building on that legacy by creating opportunities for women to leverage their skills, expertise and potential through initiatives including the American Express Global Women’s Conference.

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